Breaking up is hard to do, even with social media.
At the end of 2017, as many of us do, I reflected on the changes I wanted to make for the upcoming New Year. In December, coming into Christmas, I had decided I wanted to reduce my time on social media and so made the decision to opt out of logging into some of the platforms I was using most frequently. Why you ask? The bombardment of information was getting to me. I felt overwhelmed and tired by the constant stimulation and exposure of information and I recognized this was affecting me. This wasn’t the only action I took; I furthered my commitment to reducing social media by eliminating all notifications on my iPhone. What happened next shocked me…
I was happier, more calm, more mindful and present with everyone around me. I felt as if a mental weight had been lifted! I couldn’t believe the difference in how I felt after one day of making these changes in habits.
At the beginning of January 2018 however, I defaulted back to my old social media habits of constant checking. Why you ask? Curiosity about what I was missing. The truth? I wasn’t missing anything. I was fully aware and recognizing that I was wasting so much time and that I could accomplish far more when I wasn’t distracted by notifications and forever newsfeeds. So, I broke up officially with Facebook February 1st, 2018 by deleting my account. I reduced by Linked In and Twitter usage by 50% at the same time and I have never looked back. I’ve realized the present moment holds far more opportunity than I ever imagined.